I was looking for a convincing envelope peek that would give me a full billet peek in the most
natural way possible. Dark Arts wasn’t for me. I thought the writing on the envelope made it seem a
bit off. Methods with stacks of envelopes also seem off. That’s not how you would handle the
replacement if you didn’t have to. I strive for my chosen methods to look congruent with how I would
handle the props if I was handling them normally. This passes that test.
I’m not the most
well-read magician or mentalist, but I have read a decent amount of material, and I have never come
across an envelope like this. Yes, you have to make it up yourself, but it isn’t very hard. The
instructions are not super clear, so you’ll need to look at the template, print and cut the pieces,
and then watch the accompanying video - pausing along the way - to figure out exactly what needs to
go where. This is a new creator, and one area for improvement in his future releases could be to
focus on clarity and descriptive specificity.
But... they critique aside, this is awesome,
and exactly what I was looking for. The best surprise was that this does not have to be made with
black paper/card stock. You can use any color. So I’m making up my own with heavy craft paper. The
only minor downside is that these envelopes are not super examinable. They will pass visible
scrutiny, and, with one small addition to the construction, you can let the spectator lightly handle
them, but the spectator should not place the card into the envelope on their own or be given an
opportunity to scrutinize the envelope. If your routine fits those parameters, this is a really
strong method with a natural handling.
The bonus peek/switch is also pretty darn good too!
I don’t use wallet peeks myself, but it’s clever and I could see it’s application to a variety of
Video looks like it was done in his car..its ok but nothing special.
Gimmick works OK but
if you want to make one a different size then you have to figure out the dimensions and make your
own template since it is a PDF and you cant adjust easily adjust the template to a different size.
All in all given the quality of the video and the fact that it is not easy to make
different size gimmicks I would not buy again at this price
First of all it implies that it is a video download...
well sort of..there is a PDF file you
download that gives you some information and a template for making the gimmick..there is a link to
video that looks like most of it was done inside his car but you can not save it to your machine.
It is sized for small billets or a business card..so just be aware of the size since I
think you might have to make your own template. It can be done but its not THAT simple and takes
The portion that shows how to make the gimmick is not very good, parts of it
are speeded up and skip over some details that would be useful to see..and there really isn't any
explanation just the video of his hands (that sometimes go off camera) making the gimmick.
The handling tips provided are useful..
All in all I would say save your money on this
Clever gimmick, allowing for an easy peek of secret information.
If the manufacturing is not
really difficult, it will require a couple of trials to get everything perfect (thickness of
construction paper will have to be factored in to get a perfect result). It remains more complex to
build than other w** envelopes and will not be built on the spur of the moment (hence the loss of a
star in the rating).
Handling wise, the move is a little bit angle-sensitive (think Acidus
Novus). In a one-on-one situation, the effect is outstanding.
All in all, a great addition to
the arsenal of the mentalist who likes to use envelopes and billets. Perfect for a single Q&A